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What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

What If no forms of chemotherapy work on a colon cancer pt who has a liver met ? Are there other options ?

Radiation and surgery: Aside from chemotherapy, the 2 types of treatment for cancer are radiotherapy & surgery. Liver mets, if they block a duct or cause a "local" problem can be treated with radiation beam to alleviate suffering. If the patient is strong enough to withstand it, surgery and/or brachytherapy (radiation implants) can be tried; however, colon cancer is a systemic problem and chemo is the main modality. GL. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do these CEA readings mean chemotherapy not working in a colon cancer pt August 9.8, October 8, dec 9, jan 10. Met to the liver ?

Do these CEA readings mean chemotherapy not working in a colon cancer pt
August 9.8, October 8, dec 9, jan 10. Met to the liver ?

Stable: Ams an oncologist I would say those levels are stable. Follow your oncologist advice and do not stop chemo based on your CEA levels, they look good. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy fails what options lfd metastic colon cancer? Mets to liver , peritoneal , lymph node ?

If chemotherapy fails what options lfd metastic colon cancer? Mets to liver , peritoneal , lymph node ?

Experimental therapy: Some cancer centers do research on patients with aggressive cancers or cancers who do not respond to usual treatment. Although after chemotherapy, there are not very many options and people would like to keep patients as comfortable as possible. Hope it is helpful. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

If chemotherapy fails , and there is a tiny new lung nodule , 1 liver met and 1 node can anything b done in colon cancer pt aged 65?

Sometimes: Depending on co-morbidities and surgical risk, some studies have shown survival benefit with surgical resection of metastatic lesions. Consult with cancer surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

What is the life expectancy of a 78 year old, Stage 4 colon cancer spread to liver and lungs? Having chemotherapy (tablets) but losing weight.

Life expectancy: At 78, with stage IV colon cancer, the survival is about 4-6 months without treatment. With the new treatments combining chemo with biological drugs, survival times are in the range of 24-30 months. With a less aggressive treatment I estimate an AVERAGE survival of 9-12 months. Keep in mind these estimates are just a ball park figure, keep things one month at a time. ...Read more

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If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt, what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule ?

If chemotherapy treatment fails for metastic colon cancer pt,  what else can be done for a liver met, 1 node and a tiny lung nodule ?

Remove lung lesion: At age 34 attempt at cure should be made. If liver met small and primary already out, liver met to be resected or microwave ablated. Usually chemo is only of temporary value and if all fails, the FDA protocol for monoclonal antibody Neo102 is available for treatment of metastatic colon cancer having failed chemo. the small node and lung lesion can be removed by laparoscopy/thoracoscopy. ...Read more

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Chemotherpay failed , irinotecan and oxyplatin in metastic colon cancer . Liver and peritoneal mets . Is there anything else ?

Chemotherpay failed , irinotecan and oxyplatin in metastic colon cancer . Liver and peritoneal mets . Is there anything else ?

Sorry to: hear that. Discuss with your Oncologist what is the next step. Get family and spiritual support as well. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more